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    Woman Found Dead With Giant Python Around Her Neck in Rural Indiana 'Reptile House' – Reports

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    Oxford police found 36-year-old Laura Hurst dead in her home with an 8-foot snake wrapped around her neck, according to WLFI-TV, a local CBS News affiliate.

    According to the preliminary version of testimony provided by local law enforcement officers, the woman "was killed by a reptile".

    “She appears to have been strangled by the snake,” Indiana State Police spokesman Sgt. Kim Riley said as quoted by the Journal & Courier. “We do not know that for a fact until after the autopsy.”

    About 140 snakes were found in the house, 20 of which belonged to Hurst. According to CNN, the snake was a reticulated python, which is native to southeast Asia and considered to be the longest snake in the world.

    The building was built as a "reptile house", and belongs to the Benton County Sheriff Don Manson; there aren't any people living there.

    The sheriff said that Hurst’s death was a "tragic accident with loss of human life," and that he was "being fully cooperative with everybody". The autopsy scheduled for Friday will clarify the cause of Hurst's death.

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